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A lot of what weighs you down isn’t yours to carry.

One day you will your story of how you’ve overcome what you’re going through now and it will become part of someone’s survival guide.

I don’t want to suffer, so excuse me if I excuse myself from situations that suck all of my energy.

The broken will always be able to love harder than most. Once you’ve been in the dark, you learn to appreciate everything that shines.

You’re not too sensitive. You’re not overreacting. If it hurts you, it hurts you.

So many messages telling those who are struggling to reach out. Fair enough, but part of what depression does is mutes your ability to reach. If you are NOT depressed and you see someone struggling, YOU reach out. If you don’t see someone who used to be around, YOU reach out.

When trauma has shaped you, try not to confuse who you had to become with who you can be.

Look at you! Healing those traumas, addressing those bad habits, holding yourself accountable, no longer seeking validation from others, and finally speaking your personal truth. Seriously, I applaud you! Growth gets messy, ugly, and painful, yet here you are growing. We see you!

Beneath every behavior there is a feeling. And beneath each feeling is a need. And when we meet that need, rather than focus on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause, not the symptom.

Let’s heal so we can stop accidentally hurting people we want to love because we are projecting our own wounds on them onto them.

I’ve built more relationships with people by being open about my struggles than I ever could have pretending like I had it all together.

Your greatest test will be how you handle people who mistreated you.

I pray you heal from things no one ever apologized for.

A lot of things broke my heart but fixed my vision.

Sometimes everything hits you all at once. You lose a relationship, change jobs, old friends go and new ones come. It’s up one day and down the next. You have it all together on Monday and by Thursday you don’t have a clue. Life is one big wave and all we can do is flow, grow, and adapt.

Severe early childhood trauma creates a child with equally intense coping mechanisms—these children are often seen as ‘mature for their age’ and ‘old souls.’ While maybe true, it often negates the fact that their innocence was taken away at an early age and they are in survival mode.

You gotta look for the good in the bad, the happy in the sad, the gain in your pain, and what makes you grateful not hateful.

As traumatized children we always dreamed that someone would come and save us. We never dreamed that it would, in fact, be ourselves, as adults.

It wasn’t the trauma that made you strong, kinder, and more compassionate. It’s how you handled it. That credit is yours.

If you’re giving your all but it takes all you have just to get through the day, it doesn’t mean your best isn’t good enough. It means life is just that hard right now. Be good to yourself. You need it.